'The Quiet Market’ a Critical Realist Account of C2c Exchange in the West of Ireland

ABSTRACT - This paper presents a single case example of exchange in a C2C setting. This case is drawn from a longitudinal qualitative and quantitative study of a Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) group in Westport, County Mayo on the West coast of Ireland known as Meitheal Na Mart (MnM). LETS are a system of economic exchange designed primarily to free members from the labour-wage economy. This paper uses critical realism to illustrate the causal relationship between the focal actors behaviour as well as the causal potentialities and the environment in which she operated.


Damien McLoughlin and Geoff Easton (2004) ,"'The Quiet Market’ a Critical Realist Account of C2c Exchange in the West of Ireland", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 31, eds. Barbara E. Kahn and Mary Frances Luce, Valdosta, GA : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 735-739.


Damien McLoughlin, University College Dublin. Ireland
Geoff Easton, Lancaster University, United Kingdom


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 31 | 2004

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